Island Spots in Niigata Area

  • Yajima and Kyojima
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogi
    Two islands floating on the south side of Sadogashima Island. They sit in the bay admits the calm waves and can be reached from the mainland via a bridge. The picturesque view of the classical arched red bridge connecting the two islands makes for a beautiful photo. Here you can see people fishing with boxes with glass bottoms from taraibune (tub shaped boats) and you even have the chance to go out in a tub boat yourself. Yajima is also known to produce fine quality bamboo arrow shafts and The Tale of the Heike claims that when Minamoto Yorimasa vanquished the monstrous nue (chimera type creature) he used Yajima arrows. There is also legend that Nichiro, disciple of the monk Nichiren, was shipwrecked and washed ashore on Kyojima Island where he would then spend the night reciting sutra.
  • Awashima Island
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    Awashimura Village, Iwafune-gun, Niigata Prefecture
    This small island measuring approximately ten square kilometers floats in the Sea of Japan in the northern reaches of Niigata Prefecture. There are some amazing sights to be had despite from the wonderful beach front to the east of 265-meter-tall Mt. Koshibayama, to the sheer precipice dropping off its western face. There are plenty of camp-grounds and lots of ways to enjoy getting in touch with nature such as rental bicycles that you can use to get around the island. To get to Awashima Island you can take a ferry from either Niigata Port or Iwafune Port. Awashima is known for its Wappa, a circular bento lunch box, into which they put Isou rock-fish and miso before cooking it over red-hot stones in a dish called Wappani. Another popular local dish is Imodako, which is a mix of local potatoes and octopus cooked together.
  • Futatsugame
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Washizaki
    This small island looks like two turtles nestled close together and floats just off the northern shore of Sado Island. Also called 'Oki no Shima' and 'Iso no Shima' the island is isolated at high tide but reconnects to Sado Island during low tide. Boasting the clearest seawater in the Sado area, the spacious beach in front of Futatsugame has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 beaches. Along with nearby Onogame, this spot has received two stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Campsites are also available and the summer opening of beach season always draws large crowds of tourists.
  • Tsugamijima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Mishima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Kamojima
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi
  • Torikakejima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sado-shi

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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